Art + Design Exhibits Mono: Images and Activism of Alejandro Gonzales Through October 13
WCU’s Department of Art + Design Presents Mono: Images and Activism of Alejandro Gonzales, now – October 13, 2023, in the John H. Baker Gallery, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester. Exhibit hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A collaborative exhibition presented by West Chester University’s Latinx Communities Conference, the West Chester University Department of Art + Design, and the Baker Gallery Endowment , the Mono will feature works from the internationally renowned Chilean artist and activist, Alejandro "Mono" Gonzalez. In addition to the exhibition in the Baker Gallery, Mono will be installing an indoor mural in Sykes Student Union throughout the duration of his visit in late September and holding artist workshops in the Baker Gallery for West Chester University art students.
In the late 1960’s, Alejandro ‘Mono’ Gonzalez founded La Brigada Ramona Parra, a street arts informal school and a collective of young painters that left a heritage of visual social messages in the walls and public buildings of Santiago de Chile. During the Chilean dictatorship, several of Mono’s authored murals were erased with white paint, but were later restored and declared national monument heritage during the Chilean democracy. With more than 50 years of trajectory, Mono has performed murals in several localities in Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, Italy, Canada, China, the United States, France, Cuba, between others. Besides muralism, Mono González is a serigraphy artist and has worked as a scenographer for many important film productions and theaters. He currently dictates master classes on the social impact of public art and directs, along with his son, Sebastián González, an art gallery and school of street arts in Santiago, Chile.
Public events for this exhibit include:
Artist Lecture – Tuesday, September 26, at 12:30 p.m. in the John H. Baker Gallery
Printmaking Masterclass - Tuesday, September 26, at 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Latinx Communities Keynote – Thursday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sykes Student Union Building. The lecture is in conjunction with the WCU Latinx Communities Conference.